Dramatic demographic changes are occurring in our society as our students and workforce becomes more diverse. The literature cites the benefits of having a diverse workforce for innovation, problem-solving, and competitive advantage. Institutions of higher education chastise business for not being inclusive in their senior management positions. However, a study of Masters I institutions revealed that their presidents are predominantly Caucasian (87%), married (79%), male (77%), first time presidents (71%), between 50-59 years of age (49%), with an earned doctorate (90%) and reached the presidency via Academic Affairs (47%). The presidents of Masters I institutions are not representative of the general population and in most cases; are not representative of their student populations. This may become a problem as both the general and student population continues to transform and the necessity of working collaboratively with people of different backgrounds, skills and values becomes more pronounced.



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